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Cameroon expect Eto’o to deliver goals

sports Updated: May 21, 2010 00:21 IST

Cameroon will need Samuel Eto'o at the top of his form if they are to emulate their feat of 20 years ago when they caught world football's imagination with a run to the quarterfinals in Italy.

It remains the best WC performance by an African side and turned Cameroon into a team with global appeal.

In three WC appearances since 1990, the Indomitable Lions have been unable to get past the opening round, and they failed to qualify for the 2006 finals. A missed penalty in the final minute of their last qualifier cost them a trip to Germany, but the side showed fighting spirit and determination to qualify this time.

After two matches of the final group phase, new coach Paul Le Guen was brought in to try to retrieve a precarious situation. He made several drastic changes to the team and turned to Eto'o to head the challenge of saving the campaign.

The striker grabbed the leadership role from long-standing captain Rigobert Song and inspired his teammates to win all their remaining matches.

Eto'o will again be the source of inspiration in Group E when they face Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands.